For the name and the place: Reflecting the Holocaust

The Holocaust was a fierce inferno, expressed in the video shown here, whose accompanying Yiddish songs from that period find their way into the heart.

Dr. Inna Rogatchi,

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Featured here for Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a heart-wrenching musical video-essay featuring Michael Rogatchi's In the Mirror of Shoah series of original oil paintings and Inna Rogatchi's Black Milk and Dark Stars collection of fine art photography and collages metaphorically reflecting the Holocaust, sent to Arutz Sheva by the Rogatchi's.

"Inna Rogatchi's music video-essay on her and her husband Michael's artistic reflections on the Holocaust is elegant and refined, both as a short film, but of course, most importantly, as a collection of truly special works of art. It does make you to think on the Shoah profoundly and lastingly. It also makes you remember that  from the philosophical aspect, the Shoah was a deep and fierce storm, an inferno intentionally built by the Nazists in their determination to exterminate  an entire people. At certain moments in this art video work it looks and feels as though you can see that storm and are as if touched by it." (Roberto Olla, Italian writer and broadcaster, Italy's leading authority on the Holocaust)

Michael Rogatchi's works from this collection belong to the Art Collection of the Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Simon Wiesenthal's family, The London Museum of Jewish Art, UK. 

Inna Rogatchi's works from her collection belong to the Rogatchi Art Collection of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library, Lithuania. 

The works of both artists are core collection for the forthcoming exhibitions in London, Brussels and New York.

About the Music: The video-essay features traditional Yiddish songs which had been re-written and re-arranged by inmates of the Jewish Ghettos during the WWII; the songs themselves become a memorial to the victims of Shoah. Songs such as Mazl and Nit Keyn Rozhinkes, with Ghetto-originated lyrics, are performed by Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek, NYC, USA. The version of Mazl is from the Sosnowo Ghetto; the version of Nit Keyn Rozhnikes is from the Lodz Ghetto. The composer David Beigelman (Nit Keyn Rozhnikes) died immediately after the liberation of Auschwitz where he was taken from the Lodz Ghetto. 

The authors are deeply grateful to the performers for bringing back to life such unique pieces of memory of the Jewish people.

More about Inna and Michael Rogatchi, their art and philanthropy - at the sites of The Rogatchi; Rogatchi Films -, and The Rogatchi Art Gallery